Tuesday, February 28, 2006

So what do you do when you come home from a film class that featured Porky's and Animal House? Check out more photos of The Hek's trip to West Palm Beach!

The Hek and Mark stand in front of The Breakers Hotel front lawn.

Apparently, you're not allowed to step on the grass. If you do, you get shot.

Downtown West Palm Beach. Notice the palm trees.

This shot of the inter-coastal is great. And when you add The Hek, it's better then great.

That's not a tan. It's just bad lighting.

A shot of Worth Avenue.

Worth Avenue is home to some of the most trendy shops in WPB. It's the type of place Paris Hilton would go. The street actually had a lot of Paris lookalikes.

WPB is home to some of the most biggest mansions. The type that is inhabited by politicians, rock-stars, drug lords and Tony Soprano.

Don't forget to catch the Thursday Morning Special Blend; 7-9:30am EST on CKCU 93.1 FM

The Hek

Monday, February 27, 2006

And now, more photos from The Hek's trip to West Palm Beach!

Here we are about to hit the links. We almost t-boned another golf cart. The driver screamed "JESUS!" and we're pretty sure he had to change his pants as well.

This was the first time The Hek had actually golfed. I soon discovered that I am no Tiger Woods. I shot 52 over par the first time (Feb. 19) and 55 over par the second time (Feb 22).

The Hek and Mark watching the Daytona 500.

Just for the record: Mark despises NASCAR's Tony Stewart.

Mark's Grandmother. The home we stayed at is actually located in a suburb of WPB called Lantana.

Check out Mark's off-white tan!

The Breakers Hotel in WPB. What the Royal York is to Toronto and the Chateau Laurier is to Ottawa.

Apparently, the cheapest rate is $455/Night.

The Hek

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Here it is! The moment you've all been waiting for: The Hek's pictures of West Palm Beach. And, there's a lot of them. 51 in fact. What I'm going to do is post eight pictures per day. If you'd like to see the entire set, I've put the entire album up on my facebook account.

Let's start off with one for the ladies: The Hek showing off his fantastic body with the Atlantic Ocean in the background.

Here is The Hek with his "Color of Money" pose.

Here's The Hek's roommate, Mark, doing his "Hustler" pose.

One of Mark's goals during the trip was to get a tan. Good luck, Mark.

The Hek and Mark chilling on the beach.

The Hek and Mark's Grandparents. Wonderful people.

Lake Worth Beach.

And finally, here's a shot of The Hek preparing for another trip to the beach. The tree behind me was actually chopped down later in the week.

The Hek

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Hello world,

The Hek is back after some much needed RnR in West Palm Beach, Florida. It was a fantastic trip. Mark's grandparents treated us with such warmth and kindness. They fed us and took care of us in a way that was far from the point of what was expected. Wonderful people. Speaking about warmth, it was on average 27'C everyday. I got to walk around in shorts and a t-shirt in February. It was great to hang out at the beach. I got to touch the ocean. I also accidentally tasted a bit of it. Not good.

I'm not going to write about everything I did. But I did keep a travel log for anyone who is bold enough to read something I wrote by hand.

There are also pictures. I'm going to try to put those up here and on my facebook account for all to see.

PS: Hektar? That's a neat name. Is that the European form of Hector? And no, my name isn't Hek. It's actually part of my last name.

The Hek

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

The Hek is currently out of the country. He will return on February 24th.

The Hek

Monday, February 13, 2006

You've got to be kidding me: Don't do drugs.

The Hek would also like to congratulate Christian Cage on winning the NWA Heavyweight Championship last night. Somebody is finally recognizing the fact he is one of the most talented wrestlers in the business. He's a Canadian too. Here's a bootleg copy of him winning the match.

The Hek

Sunday, February 12, 2006

The Hek is officially having a quarter-life crisis.

On April 7, 2006, I will hand in my last assignment and since I do not have any exams, I will officially complete my university studies.

My goal was to have a job and an apartment by the time I graduate and begin to live in Ottawa. The Nation's Capital was where my career as a wannabe radio DJ/journalist was going to start. However, acquiring a job for anything has been difficult. For one thing, I have not been able to search for any job because of my school workload. Also, when I do find a job, the employer wants you to start right away. I recall in November, this great opportunity to be a general reporter for the Ottawa Sun. Problem was, the job was to start in December and there was no way they would give me the job if I applied and asked to start in May. I'm unable to start right away. There is no way I could balance a 9-5 job and a full course load at the same time. I have two options:

Option one: Stay in Ottawa, get some sort of job, get an apartment, pay the bills, rent and the regular expenses and on top of that, search for a job in radio.

Option two: Go home to Thornhill, live with the parents (free room and board), convince them to get the internet, get a job (probably with the camps) and search for a job in radio.

I spoke to Mark about it and he brought up some valid points. He says that the negative feelings I have towards Thornhill are "in my head." If I go home, any money I make can be saved and not go to things such as rent and utilities. He also said I shouldn't limit myself by staying in Ottawa and only looking for a job there. Living in Thornhill is not a commitment. As soon as you find something in radio and if its out of town you will be able to make an easier move; the transition to the place out of town would go smoother if you leave from Thornhill rather then leave from Ottawa. Then, Mark's spiritual side hits me with this: you cannot rush or control your own fate. Everything that will happen to you, will happen on its own and take as much time as it needs. You have to be patient.

I have to admit, option two is not my favorite; but, it's the most logical. The main problem with going home is that I won't have a CKCU. I need a place to practice my craft. Granted there is CHRY (York) and CIUT (university of Toronto) but, I don't know if they would accept non-student volunteers the same way CKCU does. The commute to these stations would also be a pain in the ass. There is one thing I can take solace in. Recently my program director asked if I would become the volunteer assistant news editor. One of the reasons why I accepted was because my PD told me that I could go home to Thornhill and still do the job as all it entails, is receiving and e-mailing story ideas.

So this is my little crisis. I need a goddamn miracle.

The Hek

Friday, February 10, 2006

The Winter Olympics start today and I totally forgot about them. This is an example of life in Residence when your access to television is caught down. In the past, you couldn't go a half-hour on CBC or TSN without knowing that the Olympics were coming. There would always be a massive push two months before the event would begin. Since I don't have a television in my room and literally go to the TV lounge maybe twice a week, I've lost site of the fact that the games are about to begin.

In the meantime, the weekend has arrived and to get it started, here are two more videos from YouTube.com:

High School Fight

And, a video that was quite controversial; but the song is fantastic

The Hek

Thursday, February 09, 2006

The Hek has found the greatest website.


This website features tons and tons of video clips and it has EVERYTHING! Here are some of the clips I would like to share with you out there in internetland:

1993 Childhood Memory #1

1993 Childhood Memory #2

And, a video I'll file under "guilty pleasures" (It's such cheese, I love it)

I'll have some more tomorrow.

The Hek

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

The Thursday Morning Special Blend! Where we love to love.

Tomorrow, I'll have the sports recap, Volunteer Ottawa placement of the week, poem of the day and much more.

I'll also be re-airing an interview I did last week with the organizer of an event called Speak Silence which is connected to the organization, Journalists for Human Rights.

Tune in: Thursday, 7-8am EST on CKCU 93.1 FM

The Hek

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Today, The Hek viewed The Art of War. Originally, I had said that I was not looking forward to this film. However, my comments were based on the fact that I had confused The Art of War with a documentary called The Fog of War. I had no interest in watching a three hour film about some military adviser. Instead, I got to watch Wesley Snipes kick some ass. The only downer was that my class ended before the film. This means that I could not see the ending. It was right at the part where Snipes' character is battling his friend who he thought was dead but was actually working against him. What a gip. Hopefully, I'll see the end tomorrow.

Remember: Thursday Morning Special Blend: 7-8 (or 9:30)am EST on CKCU 93.1 FM

The Hek

Monday, February 06, 2006

As promised, IMPROV SUMMIT photos!

For a recap of the event check out Josh's Blog.

This was taken at 5:00am as we all prepare for bed.

Here's Kirsten and I enjoying some conversation. Claire is in the background.

The Hek and Owen present their "Don't mess with us" looks.

Here's the CIA before we hit the stage. Backrow (L-R): Noel, Chris, Will, Abigail, Claire, The Hek, Kirsten, Dave. Frontrow (L-R): Tim, Owen

The former hosts of the Wednesday Blend practice their comedic craft.

Thanks to the photographers.

The Hek

Sunday, February 05, 2006

First off: I'm doing a fill in tomorrow; 8-9am EST on CKCU 93.1 FM

Another Montreal trip has come and gone. And it keeps getting more fun, more weird, and more insane everytime...

A couple of quotes from the trip:

The Hek: What are the symptoms of cabin fever?

Owen: You're in a cabin.

Here's my favorite one: "Hek, you magnificent asshole." That one also came from Owen. However, I forget the context.

I have some pictures and I'm going to post them...............tomorrow.

The Hek

Thursday, February 02, 2006

"You played Abba! You're going to hell for that."

- Ryan, host of CKCU's Whatever's Cool With Me, to The Hek.

Due to an accident at Carleton's Bronson Street entrance, Ryan was unable to make it in at 9:30am for his show. The Hek had to fill in for the first 15 minutes; playing Abba, Crash Kelly and Broken Social Scene.

Today was the fourth and final week where I would do a 2.5 hour show. It was fun but took a lot of work. It's hard to put together and focus on a show when you also have five courses. When I think about it, CBC Radio One's morning show is also 2.5 hours long. That has at least a dozen or so people who work on it. This means that I alone, do the work of 10-12 people. Not to freaking bad.

Time to add some more songs to The Hek's SUPER PLAYLIST!!!! Songs in red are the new entries.

1. Kennedy Killed the Hat - Buck 65
2. I read some books - Black Boot Trio
3. Watching the Wheels - John Lennon
4. Vacation - The Go-Go's
5. Like a Prayer - Madonna
6. Night Swimming - REM
7. Chicago - Sufjan Stevens
8. Ring, Ring - Abba
9. Call on Me - Eric Prydz

10. November Rain - Guns N Roses

In the meantime, the improv team and I are off to Montreal for the Improv Summit. Carleton vs. McGill vs. UQAM vs. Princeton. I'll have the eventful details on Sunday; if of course, I'm not in jail or something.

The Hek

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Stylin' and Profilin'! The THURSDAY MORNING SPECIAL BLEND!!!!!

Tomorrow, will be the last 2.5 hour show as next week, the hour two host returns.

We'll have the sports recap, poem of the day, Volunteer Ottawa Placement of the week, Entertainment-Arts-Community calendar and the Metro News. I'll also have two interesting interviews.

At 8:30am - as part of our coverage of the Carleton University Students Association elections - I'll be speaking with a representative of the Garden Spot restaurant, who is running a referendum to increase their student levy.

The organization, Journalists For Human Rights is holding an event on Feb. 8-9 called Speak Silence. I will be speaking with a member from the Carleton chapter.

Finally, the Super Bowl is this Sunday and I want to hear your predictions. Who's going to win; Seattle or Pittsburgh? Send me your prediction to thursday_blend@yahoo.ca. You don't even have to like football. Just pick a team.

Tune in: 7-9:30am EST on CKCU 93.1 FM

The Hek